The vintage spirit

Derived from a renown mid-60's British tone monster, the Crunch Machine offers that unmistakable EL84 cathode-bias tone, and expands it even further with 2 independent, vintage-style channels.

  • The Classic channel, with its low-gain design, delivers a smooth, full, articulate tone.
  • The Rock channel offers a Plexi-style tone for more 'bite'. Equipped with extended tone controls, this channel will allow you to fine-tune your sound and bring you straight back into the 70's.
The Crunch Machine also allows you to choose your rectifier mode and the ouptut power, to fully take advantage of the 'tube' tone even at home.

  • Output power: 18W or 4W (switchable)
  • Preamp: 3 x 12AX7
  • Power amp: 2 x EL84
  • Rectifier: EZ81 or solid-state (switchable)
  • Classic channel controls: Boost, Tone, Volume
  • Rock channel controls: Gain, Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, Raw, Bright
  • Output impedance : 4, 8 and 16 ohms
  • Footswitch
  • More details
  • User Guide Crunch User Guide

Scroll over the faceplate, far below, for more info on each control.
faceplate Crunch Machine

Rectifier mode

The power switch allows you to choose between Tube mode and Solid-state mode. The tube mode generates a smotth compression also known as 'sag', while the Solid-state mode gives a stiffer feel.

Power indicator

Power selection

The Standby switch allows you to choose from 2 output power levels: Stage (maximum output power: 18W) or Home (maximum output power: 4W). Tube amps give the best when they are pushed. With the Home mode, you can therefore push the amps while staying at bedroom / home volume levels.

Bright

The Bright switch boosts the high-end of the Rock channel, independently of the tonestack. An easy way to add some chime to a humbucker pickup.

Tonestack bypass

The Raw switch acts as a true bypass of the tonestack. Just your unaltered guitar signal and a Plexi-style preamp. For even more bark & bite !

Tonestack

The Bass, Medium and Treble controls make you shape your tone further. The range of therse controls was limited to +/- 6 dB to faithfully respect the Plexi tone.

Tonestack

The Bass, Medium and Treble controls make you shape your tone further. The range of therse controls was limited to +/- 6 dB to faithfully respect the Plexi tone.

Tonestack

The Bass, Medium and Treble controls make you shape your tone further. The range of therse controls was limited to +/- 6 dB to faithfully respect the Plexi tone.

Gain

Allows you to fine-tune the gain level, and hence the preamp drive of the Rock channel.

Volume

Controls the volume of the Rock channel. By adjusting the Gain and Volume controls, you will easily find the mix of pream distortion / poweramp overdrive that is right for you.

Channel switch

Active channel indicator

The indicator is on (red) when the Rock channel is active.

Boost

Adds a significant level boost to the Classic channel. When the Volume is set at the edge of breakup, the Boost switch will add a definite crunch.

Tone

The Tone control of the Classic channel is very progressive and keeps a perfect balance between middle and bass.

Volume

Controls the volume of the Classic channel, as well as the poweramp drive level. Above a certain threshold, the Volume control mainly acts on the overdrive level generated by the power tubes.

Input

Inupt jack for your guitar cable.

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Many thanks to Pascal for making these recording sessions a true pleasure.
Meet him with his 2 bands: La Bleue Guitare and Suad & Blue

With its extended features, the Crunch Machine really embodies its name.
Its usage ranges from subtle jazz through slightly overdriven blues to heavy rock.

And beware : its modest power of 18 watts is quite misleading...
This little beast can really scream !

  • Crunch Machine Standard : 1475 Euros
  • Crunch Machine Deluxe: on request

All the available finishes for the standard version are available here !

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